today’s school system, becoming the target of a bully is every student’s
nightmare. Bullying is the act of using strength or power to intimidate or harm
someone or something weaker. Currently, “between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S.
students say they have been bullied at school” (“Facts About Bullying”, Stop
Bullying). This has posed as a large problem for our society and culture as a
whole. Bullying comes in different forms and can have lasting effects on its
Students can be bullied verbally,
socially, physically, or electronically. The most typical form of bullying is
verbal. After name-calling, social bullying is the second most common kind of
bullying. Students frequently participate in social bullying unconsciously.
This can happen when students are bystanders in bulling and do not intervene.
Physical bullying is the third most prevalent form of harassment with 32
percent of middle schools students being subjected to pushing or shoving. Cyber
bullying happens the least and is the most difficult to notice, as it occurs
over social media and electronic messages. (“Facts About Bullying”, Stop
Bullying leaves long lasting on its
sufferers and can increase the risk of suicide in young people. “Research
indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation,
rejection, exclusion, and despair” (“Facts About Bullying”, Stop Bullying).
Students who are bullied in school carry self-esteem issues with them into
adulthood. Students that Identify as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of being
attacked by bullies. People condemning their sexual orientation can drive these
students to suicide attempts.
The current state of the educational
system allows for the mistreatment of innocent students. There are no methods
fully effective in stopping bullying and it is technically legal unless someone
reports it. Given these circumstances, it is imperative that educators unite to
find a solution to bullying and its consequences.